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Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

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Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby stillton » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:49 pm

This book is about pot-stilling, and pure pot-stilling only. I dont even think he mentions the word "thumper" in the book. Thats how narrow it is. But with a narrow subject he is able to go into great detail. He takes you through detailed steps on how to build your own small still to learn the trade, and make extracts and macerations. How to prepare washes and make you cuts. How to evolve in the hobby with a 5-gallon still, and how to age your spirits. The book is packed with pictures, tables and graphs to make everything easy to follow.

To illustrate how detailed the instructions are, he covers one page of text in addition to 4 pictures to the subject "Forming and cutting the liebig support hanger" :shock:

The introduction and first two chapters are quite entertaining, where he shares anecdotes from his 60 years in this hobby, and explains some basic stuff for people that has not come in to contact with this hobby, in a witty and outspoken way.
The last chapter is probably the most entertaining. Where he advices on where to find more information on the web. This is also very detailed. He gives a lengthy description of AD-forum and "warns" the readers: "AD is populated with often brash, frequently outspoken, uncommonly well informed, raunchy, inventive, playful, irreverent, and highly skilled miscreants who resist any effort to reform, bless ´em."
Half of those words are not in my English vocabulary, but I'm pretty sure it is an accurate description..

He also describes how Pintoshine keeps us in check with his iron fist, or something like that. but I dont dare to elaborate on that subject... It would probably get us both kicked out, if i quoted any of it...

The book is mainly aimed at beginners. I'm not a beginner in the hobby itself, but I am what Zymurgy Bob calls a "process engineer" and not a "chef". If I ever take the leap to become a chef, this book will be of great help.
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:29 pm

Damn, he sounds like my kinda guy. Prob'ly an obsessive asshole, though. :roflmao: :roflmao:
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob- ... e-spirits/

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and you can eat chicken noodle soup with a crescent wrench. But...
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby Harry » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:51 pm

You 3 should get a room. :P


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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:10 am

***rude noise***
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller http://www.kelleybarts.com/zymurgy-bob- ... e-spirits/

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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby Harry » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:15 am

:roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby punkin » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:31 am

I agree it is an excellent book.

There's very few on stilling i'd say that about :?
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby jake_leg » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:34 am

I'm wondering if I could convert my Dad to the dark side. I reckon it would only take a little nudge. Is this the book Punkin?
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby punkin » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:37 am

Yep. He could build a little stove top still out of instructions in the book without telling you and practice till he's good. Then just give you a taste and say something casual about how he thought he'd have a stab at it.

Cuts and everything he needs to know are in there.


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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby jake_leg » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:43 am

Birthday pressie sorted. Cheers. :wink:

Of course I'll get it delivered to myself first so I can take a little peek.
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby jake_leg » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:47 pm

Finally got around to ordering myself a copy, too. I haven't decided who this Christmas present to myself is from -- but it will be someone who appreciates good booze. Cheers! :beer:
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby bentstick » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:57 pm

Sign all ours names to the card,we all like good booze! :beer:
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby Bushman » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:37 am

It's on my Christmas list and if I don't get it I have some extra cash in my Pay Pal account.
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby prairiepiss » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:17 pm

I bought a copy as soon as the local home brew shop announced it was carrying it. But I have a hard time sitting down with a book and reading it. :( I think I've read the first page three times now. I need to just sit down and do it.
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby myles » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:47 pm

I am very pleased to have a copy. (Thanks ZB :wink: )
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Re: Making Fine Spirits by Zymurgy Bob

Postby mikejwoodnz » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:24 am

Zymurgy Bob wrote:***rude noise***


that reminds me I never did get around to ordering my copy - *take 5* ...... OK done ! :beer: (p.s. your signature link did not connect I also got an Error message on exiting PayPal)) :cry:

Edited to add: OK I have a confirmation Email from PayPal :8)
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